Wednesday, April 25, 2012

It's Romney and its on

What’s new Today 

Story #1tells of Tuesday’s victory by Mitt Romney.   #2 is an article by Hugh Hewett and his assessment of Romney.  #3 speculates on who a President Romney might put on the Supreme Court.  #4 looks at the parallels between the rise of Fascism and today.  #5 reveals an attack on the family farm by the Obama Labor Department.  #6 is about Jon Corzine while #7 reveals the hypocrisy in the Obama’s current attacks on the Republicans.

Today’s thoughts

Watching Romney’s speech last night I was struck at how upbeat it was.  Contrasting that to the negative messages of the Democrats tells me the Dems are in for a thumping in November.

There are rules of thumb you can often use to see what is happening.  Here’s one for this election.  With more than six months to go, the rhetoric on the left is shrill as sure sign of big trouble for them.  From Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s the Republicans want to take away women healthcare, to David Axelrod’s Republicans campaign of terror we are seeing the left realize how much trouble they are in and are reacting exactly the wrong way.  Six months of negativity will drive down their numbers, not the Republicans. 

Now that the war on terror is over, does that mean we can privatize TSA again?

Bob Kerrey has just released a video condemning going to war with Iran.  A good move except no one is proposing we go to war with Iran.  It appears 2012 will have the Democrats condemning things the Republicans aren’t proposing (ie. banning contraception, poisoning the air and water, etc.)

1.  Romney wins: A Better America Begins Tonight

Mitt Romney, whose first run for the White House ended in failure and disappointment, prepared to lay claim to the Republican presidential nomination Tuesday night and turn his full focus to what will likely be a competitive and intensely fought general election contest with President Obama….

“To all of the thousands of good and decent Americans I’ve met who want nothing more than a better chance, a fighting chance, to all of you, I have a simple message,” Romney said, according to excerpts of the speech released early by the campaign. “Hold on a little longer. A better America begins tonight.”

Arguing that Obama has failed in office, he added, “Because he has failed, he will run a campaign of diversions, distractions and distortions. That kind of campaign may have worked at another place and in a different time — but not here and not now.” Then, in a twist on former President Bill Clinton’s 1992 campaign message, he added, “It’s still about the economy, and we’re not stupid…

The contrast between Romney’s message and the Democrats is stark.  Today he showed he was the candidate of hope and change and that change isn’t to fundamentally change America, but to become a better America. 

2.  Hugh Hewitt:  A very strong candidate

The zombie narrative of a brokered convention is dead, and Politico is having to lay off the brokered convention team.

Romney is the GOP nominee and a very strong one who has emerged from the primary process focused on the economy and in a dead heat with the president.

Romney's speech last night was the best he has given, and it must reflect the investment of time available to such efforts when the nominee can focus and practice.

When former McCain Campaign manager Steve Schmidt appeared on my program on April 27, 2009 to discuss the 2008 campaign, he made a memorable comment about Romney.

"I thought he was a very scary opponent looking from the other side of the table in that he was almost like a learning organism at the end," Schmidt said about the former Massachusetts governor. "He just kept getting better week by week by week, and kept becoming stronger."

That capacity to grow in the role was on display last night and it must have opened some eyes even wider in Chicago and inside the Beltway. And a hat tip to whomever helped the candidate polish the draft, as it was a very good speech…

As you read this blog you will see how delighted I am by having Mitt Romney as the Republican nominee.   He is smart, smooth and will be just what the country needs after four years of Barack Obama.  He will actually focus on the economy and things will get better.  I don’t expect him to do much regarding social issues, but this election shouldn’t be about social issues. 

3.  Who would Romney put on the Supreme Court?

Now that Mitt Romney is the presumptive Republican nominee for president, the names of people he might appoint to SCOTUS are starting to roll off the tongues of conservative activists, lawyers and former Republican administration aides.

While conservatives caution that talk is mere guesswork, an examination of Romney's record as Massachusetts governor and statements he made on the presidential campaign trail can help shape an early list of frontrunners should he defeat President Barack Obama in the November 6 election, and should he be given the chance to fill a vacancy on the nine-member bench…


Paul Clement
, who served as U.S. solicitor general under President George W. Bush and is now a lawyer in private practice, is the favorite of many conservatives. Clement argued last month for the Supreme Court to strike down Obama's 2010 healthcare law, and he is defending laws that ban same-sex marriage and that target illegal immigrants. Clement, 45, would be "at the top of any short list right now," said Curt Levey, executive director of the Committee for Justice, a group that advocates for conservative nominees….

It’s early to talk about this, but interesting nonetheless. 

4.   Vigilante President, Liberal Fascist

On the heels of such paeans to vigilante governance as this and this, and various cris de coeur that democracy is standing in the way of what was indeed sold, in the closing days of the 2008 campaign, as “fundamental transformation” of said democracy, I was struck by a passage while reading a book last night otherwise unrelated in any way to current politics. But it led to a very disturbing conclusion.

The book is Tobruk by Peter Fitzsimons. Explaining the rise of fascism, Fitzsimons wrote, “there was a growing belief that ordinary democracy could not work anymore — because no one could achieve a majority of popular support.” This was startling. It sounded so…familiar.

From Thomas Friedman and Barack Obama we hear the same thing: those other people voted into office in an historic sweep, on a campaign promising to obstruct our plans, why, they’re obstructing our plans! We can’t get a majority for anything (…that we want and the majority don’t). Time to tinker with the system, test its limits, legislate through rules and bully citizens and of course judges deciding cases where people are calling us on it all dared sue.

Obama and the Democrats are certainly doing this.  From recess appointments when the Senate wasnt in recess, to EPA regulations that are passed based on studies that dont pass the EPAs guidelines, the Democrats are stretching the rules to the limits. 

5.  Obama’s Labor Department Attacks Family Farms

A proposal from the Obama administration to prevent children from doing farm chores has drawn plenty of criticism from rural-district member of Congress. But now it’s attracting barbs from farm kids themselves.

The Department of Labor is poised to put the finishing touches on a rule that would apply child-labor laws to children working on family farms, prohibiting them from performing a list of jobs on their own families’ land.

Under the rules, children under 18 could no longer work “in the storing, marketing and transporting of farm product raw materials.”

“Prohibited places of employment,” a Department press release read, “would include country grain elevators, grain bins, silos, feed lots, stockyards, livestock exchanges and livestock auctions.”

The new regulations, first proposed August 31 by Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, would also revoke the government’s approval of safety training and certification taught by independent groups like 4-H and FFA, replacing them instead with a 90-hour federal government training course….

Why liberals tell you that the Republicans want to poison the air because they talk about reducing government regulations, remember this.  This government seem intent on destroying the small family farm.

6.  Obama’s Tainted Bundler

Under Corzine, MF Global lost well over $1 billion, and I don’t mean in the profit/loss sense. I mean it was physically misplaced and Corzine cannot account for where it went. The Justice Department is investigating, and news-media accounts suggest a criminal prosecution is likely. Somewhat better late than never, Gensler recused himself after MF Global went bankrupt.So, why the trip down memory lane? Because the Obama campaign just announced that Corzine is still on the list of top-tier bundlers for the Obama reelection campaign. Corzine has raised more than half a million dollars for Obama.

Obama is constantly denouncing “millionaires and billionaires” for playing by their own rules. It’s true that the campaign told one reporter in February that it wouldn’t take more money from Corzine himself, but it’s been happy to let the man solicit donations for Obama even as Corzine is under investigation by Obama’s own Justice Department. How cozy. Tell me, what’s the point of the Occupy Wall Street movement, and its countless sympathizers in the Democratic party and the media, if that’s good enough? Whatever happened to changing how Washington works?

We’re about to enter a very long campaign in which an apparently squeaky-clean Mitt Romney is going to be demonized for his success and dragged through the gutter. Meanwhile, Obama took cash from a true denizen of the gutter.

How do you spell Democrat?  H-y-p-o-c-r-i-s-y.

7.  And some more Hypocrisy regarding campaign tactics

Watch what Obama said last year and compare it to what appears to be the democrats’ tactics for this campaign (the president’s remarks begins at 1 minute 26 seconds).

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